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What you need to know about Boston's downtown holiday market

Posted by Meghan Colloton  November 25, 2013 12:16 PM

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Boston's downtown holiday market vendors, December 2012. (Photo courtesy of Downtown Boston BID)

The holiday season is upon us. And if you’re looking to get a jump on your Christmas shopping, Boston’s downtown holiday market opens Saturday, Nov. 30, in Boston's Summer Street Plaza. We’ve put together a guide to everything you need to know about the holiday market, from participating vendors under the white tent, to when to expect Santa, and more.

Holiday market hours:
Mon-Sat: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sun: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dec. 24: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed

Holiday market entertainment schedule:

Downtown Macy’s 2013 Holiday Tree Lighting (Summer Street Plaza):
Downtown Boston’s holiday events and market kick off Nov. 29 with the Macy’s holiday tree lighting. Festivities begin at 4 p.m., with special guests who include hip-hop and R&B recording artist Mack Wolds, alternative-pop band Echosmith, the Boston Children's Chorus, and the Boston Pops. There will also be a performance from the stage production “Yes, Virginia!” by Melrose Veteran’s Memorial Middle School students, and special appearances by Mayor Thomas Menino, Red Sox player Mike Carp, and the arrival of Santa, who will help light the tree.

Macy’s holiday stage (Summer Street Plaza):
Daily musical performances
Nov. 30 - Dec. 23: Noon - 2 p.m.

Santa Claus (Summer Street Plaza):
Daily appearances outside Holiday market tent
Nov. 30 - Dec. 23: Noon - 2 p.m.
Photos with Santa are free

Walgreens Plaza (School Street & Washington Street):
Musical performances on Monday - Saturday
Dec. 2 - Dec. 23: Noon - 2 p.m.

Downtown Boston Brass:
This strolling quartet will provide daily musical performances throughout the downtown area.
Nov. 29 - Dec. 23: Noon - 2 p.m.

Berklee College Twilight Carolers
These strolling singers will provide daily musical performances throughout the downtown area.
Dec. 2 - Dec. 21: Noon - 2 p.m.

Holiday market vendors:

Nov. 30-Dec. 6:
Featured vendors will include gourmet popcorn by Steve Berlin, pottery by Heather Rousseau, hot sauce from Alex Bourgeois, triptych photography by Lawrence Clingman, baked goods from Thomas Stohr, artisan soap by Helene Matteson, glassware from Peter Guilday, artisan bookmaker Raelinda Woad, artisan honey from Laurie Herboldsheimer, glassware by Amalia Flaisher, fused glass jewelry by Jessika Jahnsen, printmaker Marc Roulstone, quilter Ali Parnas, jewelry maker Carol Wells, and caramel candies from Kate McCrea.

Dec. 7 - Dec. 13:
Featured vendors will include gourmet popcorn by Steve Berlin, amber- and silver-jewelry maker Ania Davis, Swarvoski crystal maker Karol Peralta, pottery by Heather Rousseau, hot sauce from Alex Bourgeois, triptych photography by Lawrence Clingman, baked goods from Thomas Stohr, artisan soap by Helene Matteson, beeswax candles from Susan Swift, recycled glass jewelry by Carolina Portillo, artisan honey from Laurie Herboldsheimer, glassware by Amalia Flaisher, custom-design t shirts from Mahlon Williams, glass jewelry and sculpture from Cristian Gazmari, and caramel candies from Kate McCrea.

Dec. 14-Dec. 20:
Featured vendors will include gourmet popcorn by Steve Berlin, amber- and silver-jewelry maker Ania Davis, Swarvoski crystal maker Karol Peralta, watercolor painter and jewelry maker Janice Toth, wooden puzzle boxes by Fred Drew, hot sauce from Alex Bourgeois, jams, marmalade and fruit spreads by Deborah Taylor, baked goods from Thomas Stohr, artisan soap by Helene Matteson, beeswax candles from Susan Swift, recycled glass jewelry by Carolina Portillo, artisan honey from Laurie Herboldsheimerm, custom-design t shirts from Mahlon Williams, glass jewelry and sculpture from Cristian Gazmari, and caramel candies from Kate McCrea.

Dec. 21 - Dec. 28:
Featured vendors will include gourmet popcorn by Steve Berlin, amber- and silver-jewelry maker Ania Davis, Swarvoski crystal maker Karol Peralta, jewelry maker Lorraine Chouinard, wooden puzzle boxes by Fred Drew, hot sauce from Alex Bourgeois, jams, marmalade and fruit spreads by Deborah Taylor, triptych photography by Lawrence Clingman, baked goods from Thomas Stohr, artisan soap by Helene Matteson, recycled glass jewelry by Carolina Portillo, artisan honey from Laurie Herboldsheimer, custom-design t shirts from Mahlon Williams, and caramel candies from Kate McCrea.

For more information about Boston's downtown holiday market and upcoming events, visit www.downtownboston.org.

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